Commendation is an event, a milestone, a date marked in the memory of the mission worker being sent and also the local church that is sending them. Commendation should be meaningful, memorable, and should convey some of the weight of what is happening. What is happening? As the Scriptures say, “the believers had put them into God’s care and had sent them out to do this work.” (Acts 14:26 NCV) Someone is dedicating some or all of their time on this earth to radically crossing cultures for God’s glory, bringing the Gospel message to men and women who are lost and without hope!
Commendation is vital and it says some profound things. Commendation communicates to the worker that they have a team of supporters rallied behind them, ready to meet their needs as they give of themselves. It communicates to the local church that this person being sent is an extension of our body – one who represents our God and represents us. It reminds us that those who stay share in the same calling as those who go – to fulfill the Great Commission wherever we are, wherever God has placed us. Commendation says to the worker “we’re behind you”, it demonstrates to the worker that the local church affirms the Lord’s call.
So, church leader, COMMEND your workers. Send them off in a way that is equal parts celebration and charge, gravity and grace. Workers need to know that God’s people are behind them, that they’re not in this alone, that it is a serious and Godward thing they have begun.
MSC does not assist in the commendation of workers who are being sent for a term of one year or less. This may be done through the sending local church operating as the legal sending agency.
If you require more detail on how to handle such a situation, please contact us.